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. >> president obama back in washington to put the pieces of his second term in place. the new financial crisis he faces. and who he plans to nominate to be the next secretary of defense. also. the big change in san francisco. as drivers now have to shell out change. to park in the city on sundays. james holmes. the suspect in the colorado movie theater [ female announcer ] safeway presents real big deals of the week. or how to get great prices on things you need. if your resolution is saving money, safeway gives you real big club card deals each week. now's a good time to pack your lunches. lean cuisine is just $1.99. yoplait yogurt is just 50 cents. resolutions, kept. and charmin is $13.99 for 30 double rolls. real big deals this week and every week. only at safeway. ingredients for life. >> james holmes, shooting. is expected to appear in court tomorrow. holmes is the man accused of killing twelve people and injuring nearly 70 others when he opened fire at a theater in aurora colorado last july. during this preliminary hearing the prosecutors will outline their case against holmes and the ju
obama in washington this week. according to the analysts the biggest topic of discussion will likely be the u.s. force that remains inside afghanistan after the military starts its drawdown next year. the afghan president has insistd that all remaining american soldiers should follow afghan law while president obama has called that a deal breaker and for are any potential security agreement. robert young peloton is with us. he has just come back from afghanistan. he is an author and filmmaker. he was spending weeks with u.s. special forces hunting taliban militants. good afternoon. >> hi, how are you doing? >> shepard: he blames us for everything. why in the world would the president talk to him? >> you have to watch his game. he is looking forward to releasing all of the 3,000 or so prisoners while u.s. forces are busy putting them in jail. he knows he will not get the north so he decided to bring the taliban back into the government. these things won't be discussed too openly as he begs president obama to keep troops there and i think he will have to relent on the u.s. troops being
news america reporting from washington. president obama nominates chuck hagel to be secretary of defense. the men charged with raping a young indian woman on a bus arrived in court where proceedings dissolved into chaos. and hitting a high note in south africa. we meet an unlikely star whose voice takes them from -- hollywood. across >> a combat soldier still -- still carries a treadmill in his chest. he will be the first wounded soldier to ever serve as secretary of defense. not everyone is happy with his nomination. >> this is the man president obama wants to lead the largest military force the world has ever known. a former soldier who knows the cost of war. >> he knows war is not an abstraction. he knows the sending young americans to fight and believe in the dark and muddy is something we only do when absolutely necessary. >> he is to be a republican senator, but he is a provocative thick. -- pick. >> i will do my best for my country and those i represent at the pentagon and for all of my citizens. i will always give you my honest and most informed counsel. >> he served i
>> good morning. coming up another showdown is brewing in washington as president obama prepares to name his pick for the next secretary of deaf. today new details in the case against james holmes in the case of the movie theater shooting that killed 12 people at a colorado theater. plus hillary clinton gets back to work. what prince charles worries about. and a kangaroo on the loose. where else but australia. "early today" starts right now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >> a very good morning to you. the white house confirmed today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. it will be a rough road to confirmation for the vietnam vet who outspokenly posed the iraq war. meanwhile white house officials tell nbc news that mr. obama will also nominate his counterterrorism adviser, john brennan as the next cia chief. we're just learning that. tracie potts has more from washington on both nominations for us this morning. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, everyone. the brennan announcement we just got early th
the central intelligence agency. we cross over now live to washington. what more can you tell us about obama's pics? -- picks? >> john brennan is truly an insider. he has 25 years of counterintelligence experience. he has been a trusted advisor for the republicans and the democrats. he is very much trusted by obama. it is said that he only needed to raise his hand if he wanted the job, and, apparently, that is what he did. he he supported the so-called enhanced interrogation technique, most commonly known as waterboarding, back under the bush administration am a but that should not keep him from being nominated -- bush administration thomas but that should not keep him from being -- back under the bush administration. that should not keep him from being confirmed. he is a real vietnam veteran, chuck hagel. that is not what is controversial about him. he is a very outspoken politician. he was a republican senator, but it is the republicans who do not like him now because he supported president obama in the 20 12th and also because of the things he said. is about three things ash in 2012 and a
of defense. he has been criticized for opposing israel -- opposing strong action against iran. obama has also nominated john brennan to head the central intelligence agency. we cross over now live to washington. what more can you tell us about obama's pics? -- picks? >> john brennan is truly an insider. he has 25 years of counterintelligence experience. he has been a trusted advisor for the republicans and the democrats. he is very much trusted by obama. it is said that he only needed to raise his hand if he wanted the job, and, apparently, that is what he did. he he supported the so-called enhanced interrogation technique, most commonly known as waterboarding, back under the bush administration am a but that should not keep him from being nominated -- bush administration thomas but that should not keep him from being -- back under the bush administration. that should not keep him from being confirmed. he is a real vietnam veteran, chuck hagel. that is not what is controversial about him. he is a very outspoken politician. he was a republican senator, but it is the republicans who do not like
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more on the ongoing search coming up on "good morning america" at 7:00 this morning. >> president obama is back in washington, dc, this morning, after spending nine days vacationing in hawaii with the first family arriving back at white house yesterday. new numbers tallied by abc shows he played five rounds of golf on vacation. the president and first family spent two afternoons enjoying the beach. he spent an afternoon with his daughters and finally the president interrupted the vacation for six days to head back to negotiate the fiscal cliff talks in washington. >> playoff fever is gripping the bay area and this morning at 10:00, the nineers divisional playoff tickets are on sale through ticket master holding the green bay packer on saturday at 5:00 p.m. and the number of seats is limited so visit ticket exchange to try to find additional seats. more tickets could come available later because of returns. fat chance. those tickets are made only available through ticket master. >> i am setting my timer for 9:59. still ahead, the biggest event with everything high tech, what to expect ah
will stay on this. thanks. >>> we turn to the showdown in washington over president obama's nominee for secretary of defense. a senior administration source confirming it will be former republican senator chuck hagel. the announcement could come as early as tomorrow. one senator already calling this an in your face move. david kerley is at the white house tonight. >> reporter: as the president returns from hawaii, senior fishlgs tell abc news he will nominate former republican senator has chuck hagel as the next secretary of defense. >> chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking, i believe, on most issues regarding foreign policy. >> reporter: today republicans raised red flags, continuing a campaign against chuck hagel. >> chuck hagel is not a responsible option. >> reporter: democrats too have been cold to hagel, a social conservative. republicans complain about his stand on affingts afghanistan -- that we went beyond our mission. and his opposition to the surge in iraq, saying it -- >> represents the most dangerous foreign policy blunder in this country since vietnam if it'
. >> pertaining to everything in washington. how ugly, guys? how ugly? we have to leave it there. president obama is expected to make his announcements on chuck hagel and john brennan within the next hour. we will bring you his remarks live when we get them. first, republicans of many different strikes have acknowledged that the grand old party has a problem. so far the solutions have been scant. we will try to move past step one next on "now." >>> after a bruising defeat in november and a capitulation on the fiscal cliff deal, republicans are asking themselves the truly tough questions about their party's future. >> presidential leadership is desperately needed. now, we know he is good at campaigning, but when does he put the campaign aside and start governing and addressing the single biggest issue confronting america and its future? >> or not at all. having lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential electrics, many in the gop remain focused not on remaking the party from the inside out, but grasping at any remaining leverage for the next round of fighting. mcconnell senator joh
tomorrow in washington. sources tell cnn that president obama is going to cross party lines and announce former republican senator chuck hagel as his nominee for defense secretary. but hagel has critics on capitol hill even among republicans. the question is his past views on several issues, including israel. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. >> we'll have more in a few moments. >>> help is on the way for people who lost so much during superstorm sandy. president obama signed into law today a $9.7 billion sandy disaster relief package. it was the first legislative action of the new congress. a larger sandy aid package will have to wait. lawmakers will consider $51 billion relief bill on january 15th. some people were outraged after house speaker boehner canceled a vote tuesday on the entire aid package. sandy devastated parts of the northeast more than two months ago. >>> syria's president bashar al assad got a standing ovation today moments before he gave a rare p
>>> president obama officially begins his second term days from now facing a host of challenges. >> his choice for defense secretary is under attack before the nomination is announced. tahman bradley joins us from washington with more on this. good morning, tahman. >> reporter: good morning, rob and sunny. hopefully, the hawaiian sand and sun gave the president energy. he's going to need it. he's got a packed agenda that republicans don't love. president obama returned from hawaii with a fight already looming. sources tell abc news that mr. obama will announce today that the nominee for sect tear of defense is chuck hagel. some have questioned his commitment. >> this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. >> it's difficult to imagine the circumstances in which i would support his nomination. >> reporter: besides the fight over his cabinet nominees, the president must deal with the country's fiscal mess. by tend of february, the treasury will lose the able to boar moe more money and automatic spending cuts kick in on march 1st. >> we're going to be talking about further
penalty. >>> sources in washington say tonight that president obama called republican hagel fueling reports that -- defense secretary this week. the former senator toured with president obama. he faces a grilling. this past statements about israel, the cuban embargo and iraq bar have drawn fire. >> mr. hagel came out from the surge. said the war couldn't be won. no one has told us and we were fighting it in 2006. he delayed funding in 2007. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of state against the state of israel in our nation's history. >> hagel's service earned him two purple hearts. >>> president obama today signed into law legislation that set aside $9.7 billion to pay federal flood insurance claims to victims of super storm sandy. fema warned that without the additional funds it would run out of money to pay claims next week. lawmakers have yet to act on a proposed bill to set aside $51 billion worth of aid to address the effects of super storm sandy. john boehner has vowed to vote on that bill january 26. >>> there was
leigh is in washington and has the latest. >> reporter: president obama officially launched a fight with his pick for secretary of defense, former nebraska senator, chuck hagel. >> willingness to speak his mind, even if it wasn't popular, even if it defied the conventional wisdom. that's exactly the spirit i want on my national security teen. >> reporter: the republican is known as an independent thinker. >> certainly a thorn in the side of political opponents of the president. >> reporter: now haigle is facing criticism from his former republican colleague norse criticizing you the war in iraq, opposing unilateral sanctions against iran and making comments seen by some as anti-israel. gay rights advocates are also critical. 14 years ago, hagel called the u.s. ambassador nominee openly aggressively game he has since apologized. >> dangerous to roll the dice on this issue at a critical time where don't ask, don't tell needs to be implemented fully. >> reporter: hagel supporters are describe the vietnam veteran as uniquely qualified during a time of transition at the pentagon. he woul
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>> president obama and the first family are back in washington tonight. after wrapping up their holiday vacation in hawaii. air force one touched down at joint base andrews in maryland earlier this morning. the president interrupted his vacation by flying back to washington to settle the fiscal cliff negotiations. now. he's back to face new battles over spending cuts and raising the country's debt ceiling. the president could also announce nominees for key positions in his cabinet as soon as tomorrow. with the fiscal cliff beginning to fade from the minds of many americans a new fight is heating up on capitol hill. a new deal over the debt ceiling is looming in the not-so-distant future. we go now to elizabeth corridan to check up on both sides and how they're preparing to get a new deal in place. >> "i believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't raise it without a plan to get out of debt, all of us should be fired." >> reporter: strong words for a new congress, the new years deadline for the so-called "fiscal cliff" has come and gone. now lawmakers start a
in promise from president obama to take concrete action to prevent a repeat tragedy. >> but big political obstacles remain. athena jones at the details from washington. >> members of congress in both chambers are taking aim at guns. >> this is a fight that the american people will have to stand up for. >> california democratic senator dianne feinstein plans to introduce a bill to ban more than 100 assault weapons. >> another senate bill will then high-capacity magazines. among a dozen gun bills introduced on day one in the house background checks for all firearm sales should be recorded. >> to build some republican congressmen would allow more guns around schools. >> the only thing that stops a bad guy with the gun is a good guy with a gun. >> there are better than 32 gun murders every day. gun- control groups keep pressing for action. >> if you are talking about maybe banning high capacity ammunition magazines that might be possible. >> the nra is the big issue but i would not nestle s.a. is on the republican side onl is on thnot say it is on the republican side only. some democrats are
. that is all for >>> good monday morning. right now -- a major showdown is brewing in washington as president obama prepares to name his pick for the next secretary of defense. >>> extensive new details today in the case of james holmes accused of gunning down 12 people at a colorado movie theater last summer. >>> and hillary clinton gets back to work. >>> good morning. the white house is confirmed that today president obama will announce former nebraska senator chuck h a, gel as his pick for next secretary of defense. they're vowing that it will be a rough road to combination who opposed the iraq war. more now from washington. >> reporter: this is a republican who would work for a democrat but not a big fan of republicans at least not in the senate here on capitol hill. they say he's out of the main stream and they're ready for a fight. today president obama is expect to nominate his former senate colleague, 66-year-old chuck hagel to head the pentagon. a purple heart vet, hagel is a moderate republican, he opposed unilateral sanctions against iraq and once said being gay inhibits effectiven
. >>> let's turn to washington now. word from administration officials that president obama plans to nominate his defense secretary. it's getting lukewarm reception from his fellow republicans. they don't like statements on israel and iraq and afghanistan. here's ted cruz of texas. >> if hague sell nominated, it is very difficult to imagine the circumstance in which i could support his confirmation. >> it's not just cruise, lindsey graham says hagel's views on the middle east, especially toward israel cause him a lot of concern. >> chuck hagel would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history, not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran, sanctions won't work, israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into israel. he was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the european union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization. this is an in your face nomination by the president. >> last week the pro gay rights group took out this ad in th
have angered two key obama continue whensies, jewish groups and gay rights activists. lou dobbs is here on the latest fight in washington. something for everyone. >> it is and it is one of those fights that is going to be, already begins to ring hollow in this sincerity of people really going after him. the idea that he has made mistakes, clumsy statements without any question in the past. he has made some horrific votes when it comes to iran in particular. but the fact is this is a distinguished, distinguished former senator. he is successful businessman. he is a decorated, wounded warrior serving in the vietnam war. as the president today pointed out of the he will be the first, first, noncommissioned officer enlisted man, to serve as the head of the department of defense. that alone, i think will strike a lot of people as sufficient reason to put him at the top of the, at the top of the defense department. lori: one of the things that makes me chuckle that the comment that the pentagon is bloated in its spending. >> right. lori: as he approaches sequestration, meant to be punitive de
to nominate washington for the next three months here is going to be spending and debt. >> reporter: president obama though has promised that gun violence is an issue he will not put off. mark potter, nbc news, miami. >>> turning overseas now to the crisis in syria and a rare public speech today from that country's embattled president, bashar al assad. nbc's stephanie gosk monitoring developments for us tonight from cairo. stephanie, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, lester. bashar al assad does not show up in public much these days. his last speech was back in june. he spoke live today to his country, conceding nothing and as defiant as ever. in a packed opera theater in damascus, supporters jumped to their feet and cheered for syria's president. "we will die for you," they shouted. the syrian leader did propose a new political solution to syria's conflict, a cease-fire, national reconciliation. eventually, a new constitution. but most of his address seemed to prove just how far off that possibility really is. he called the opposition terrorists, puppets of the west. assad said his gov
forward. what's going to dominate washington for the next three months here is going to and spending and debt. >> reporter: president obama has promised that gun violence is an issue that he won't put off. >>> and now here's your "first look" at this dish of scrambled politics. >>> general stanley mcchris tall wris there was a quote deficit of trust over decisions about the war. he was fired in 2010 after an article in rolling stone quoted him and his staff making dismisive comments about the white house. >>> former new york governor eliot spitzer won't stay with current tv. spitzer said that their mission will be different. >>> as hillary clinton gets ready to step down from the cabinet the guessing may begin about who may play her in a movie. >>> a petition on the white house website suggest a weekly reality tv show starring the vice president. it suggested that the show could feature some of the veep's funniest moments. >>> a conservative coup collapsed before john boehner was confirmed. >>> and speaker boehner said that harry reid calling him a quote dictator that led him to say
it as good news to get it out of the way. connell: it looks like president obama is really gearing up for a fight with republicans. dagen: rich edson joins us now from washington, d.c. with what the holdup would be. rich: president obama will nominate former republican senator from nebraska chuck hagel to lead the department at the pentagon. a number of republicans have had issues with hagel. he has reportedly erected talks with hamas, some say he is not pro- israel enough. it has a number of republicans lined up against him in opposition. >> he has long severed ties with the republican party. this is an in-your-face nomination by the president. i do not know what is management experience is regarding the pentagon. i think it is an incredibly controversial choice. rich: this sets up a big fight in the u.s. senate. this at a time when those automatic defense cuts have been delayed for two months and that fiscal cliff deal. there are major questions in washington on defense spending going forward. this is a pretty timely opponent or appointment for the president when you consider all th
the talk from the obama in 2008 and afterwards about he's going to change the culture of washington, this was the culture of washington playing out, old school and it worked. it worked for all those people. just one more thing. you have the rainmakers and then you have the firm capital tax partners. nobody you and i know but they were the tax writers for the finance committee, the tax writers for ways and means. those are the guys you go to to make things happen. >> because they know how to write the legislation. >>> president obama on offense for defense. our gaggle will break down the hagual pick and new word on what the white house is planning to do about gun violence. but, first, white house soup of the day. a good pick for the first big monday back to work. turkey lentil. will any of the nominations be a turkey? run down the debate between seymour and clemens. she knows you like no one else. and you wouldn't have it any other way. but your erectile dysfunction - you know, that could be a question of blood flow. cialis tadalafil for daily use helps you be ready anytim
. good morning to you and to all of you. we begin with the next big battle in washington. today, president obama is expected to nominate former nebraska senator chuck hagel, a republican, as his next defense secretary. his views on iran, iraq, and a previous comment about a gay ambassador make him controversial. also today, john brennan is expected to be nominated to the head of the cia. >>> and in colorado, prosecutors plan to outline their case today against james holmes, the man accused of the shooting rampage in the movie theater in july. that hearing could last all week. >>> and the most intense and earliest flu outbreak in a decade is spreading this morning. 41 states are reporting widespread flu cases, 25% more than just two weeks ago. 18 children have already died. and the season is far from over. again, doctors say the best defense is a flu shot. >>> and actress lindsay lohan is due in court node new york in connection with a nightclub brawl in november. her mother, dina, opened up to "the new york daily news" says her troubled marriage and the spousal abuse she's endur
think it's an incredibly controversial choice and it looks like the second term of barack obama is going to be an in your face term. >> foreign affairs correspondent jill dougherty is live from washington this morning. good morning to you. >> good morning. >> opposition to hagel comes from the right and left. can you break down the issues? >> yeah. i think it has to really start with israel because the people who believe that he is not a supporter of israel, in fact, they would question his devotion to anything that would help israel. he, for instance, believes in talking to hamas. he also has come out against iran sanctions by the united states. and so that gets other people very worried about his position. he opposed the surge in afghanistan. and when you get into that issue, the gay issue, so called, about 14 years ago he made some comments about an ambassadorial nomination who as he put it was openly and aggressively gay. now that's, of course, a buzz saw of criticism. so it's not going to be an easy type of nomination certainly as you can imagine. >> so why did the president pick ha
ask you this quickly. i asked you earlier, the washington post, your paper's report, says that president obama wouldn't have to get congressional approval for some of the measures. "possibilities include changes in federal mental health programs and modernization of gun trafficking efforts by the bureau of alcohol, tobacco, firearms and explosives. >> right. and so, you know, again, these are recommend daxs that we're hearing about from a commission that isn't exactly holding public hearings. i think what we need to do is wait and see what they propose. and then, also, how they propose the president is able to do these things. i think the question will be how? what's the legal basis for the president to do the sings that they say they can do on his own. >> well, we'll be watching. jonathan, thank you so much for your time tonight. >> thanks, rev. >> coming up, hillary clinton goes back to work and she was given a gift by her staff. you'll want to hear this. we're coming right back. stay with us. mush push what are you doing? nothing. are you stealing our daughter's school
unter action between countries. >> a ceremony is also planned in washington on wednesday and that is your 5@5:00. >>> folks news in just a few hours president obama will nominate former senator chuck hagel. it has been met with strong criticism including from hagel's own party. good morning jennifer. >> what has republicans and democrats up in arms are remarks hagel made when he was in the senate about israel. in a 2006 interview with aaron david miller hagel said the following, the jewish lobby intimidates a lot of people here. i am not an israeli senator i am a u.s. senator. hagel favored direct talks with iran and is one of two senators to vote against sanking iran. many are questioning the president's choice. >> chuck hagel if confirmed to be secretary of defense would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense toward the state of israel in our nation's history. not only has he said you should directly negotiate with iran sanctions won't work that it is negotiating hamas which is an organization terrorist group that lobbed thousands of rockettes into israel. >> his
in washington. wolf. >> brooke, thanks very much. >>> happening now, president obama nominates chuck hagel to run the pentagon. calling him a leader our troops deserve. hagel's critics call him profoundly wrong on national security. also, we have new details about a horrifying night in colorado. a police officer cries as he describes a theater floor slippery with blood. >>> plus, a first look at proposed regulations that have would-be gun owners racing right now to buy guns. >>> i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- >>> we begin with president obama setting the stage for a new fight here in washington. this time, other the national security team for his second term. the president's nominating the former senator chuck hagel, a republican, for defense secretary, and his counterterrorism adviser john brennan to direct the cia. at least one critic calls the hagel nomination an "in your face" pick. let's bring in our white house correspondent brianna keilar. she's working the story for us. the president was effusive in his praise for hagel. >> p
obama you know. why hasn't he changed the tone of washington. why hasn't he single-handedly ended partisan gridlock? you know, now he goes out of his way to make what i think is probably the most high-profile, across the aisle nominee in modern american history maybe i'm missing something obvious but -- i don't think -- he was always a republican. so here he goes out of his way to make this really bold -- i'm going to nominate someone from the other party and he's just getting completely hammered not only by republicans but most of the beltway press. so you know, why is obama wasting time with chuck hagel? oh, you know, hagel has all kinds of problems. no one will even acknowledge that oh, gee this is barack obama trying to change the tone in washington and he's being met once again by the radical republicans who will oppose anything he says. it is almost like obama's using this as a test case. i think he really wants hagel to be secretary of defense. i don't think he's playing games or anything. but he could almost use this as a test case. let's nominate a respected republican vi
. bill: fox news alert the headlines for the day a nomination battle is looming in washington. president obama getting set to unveil the rest of his new national security team. the white house saying the president will nominate former republican senator chuck hagel to be his next defense secretary and john brennan to run the cia, both considered somewhat controversial picks and will face a sufficient confirmation process. what challenges will the new national security team face. general jack keane ace former four-star general and fox news military analyst. how are you doing, general, and good morning to you. >> good morning, bill. bill: some of the controversy stems from republicans and democrats who don't like hagel's record on israel. with regard to brennan sue apparently he supported enhanced interrogation techniques during the bush years. so that will be a focus during this. when you look at the world this is an entirely dove your national security team, with john kerry, possibly, john brennan and chuck hagel that i just mentioned. what do you believe, or what do you list as the grea
in washington. let me start tonight with president obama, this country's commander in chief. start with that fact, will you? it's his job to defend this country. and he's done a pretty good job of doing it, don't you think? well, the commander in chief said today he wants a former vietnam enlisted guy to be his secretary of defense, a guy who can't walk through an airport metal detector and not get reminded of the shrapnel he took in that sad but heroic american war. the president wants chuck hagel in that post because he thinks like him and has proven he's got the brains to protect this country. hagel long ago proved he's got the heart. don't you think? i don't hate the people trying to stop the president from picking this guy for the job he needs done at the pentagon, but i do recognize their tactics. they're the same ones they used to push the war in iraq. they say they don't like something he said hagel did 14 years ago about a gay man being put up for ambassador. i don't like it either, but, a, it was 14 years ago, and, b, i don't think it's got anything to do with why the haw
on the spectacle that official washington loves, the knockdown, dragout confirmation battle. it will be interesting, james rosen, thank you. >> thank you. >> your health insurance rates could be going up by double digits. providing to increase premiums despite the obama administration's new health care law and succeeding. as you know may know the the affordable health care act was meant to stop the rising costs of health care and the people who do not have employer provided insurance, ones who have to buy it on their own, peter doocy has more from washington. >> reporter: in some states the affordable care act may not be living up to its name. some insurance companies in ohio and florida raised their premiums at least 20% and look at california where the new york times is reporting anthem blue shield wants to raise premiums 26% and the reason they're able to do that because mek costs are rising for them, too, even though obamacare requires insurance companies to go through the rate rehe view program for any premium increases more than 10%, if an insurance company can prove their costs are going up
for us. >>> from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press." with david gregory. >> good sunday morning. a new year, a new congress. washington is getting back to work as president obama ended his hawaii vacation and members of the 113th congress were sworn in earlier this week alongside their families. spirits high, but the battle lines for the tough fights ahead are already being drawn. chief among them whether congress will vote to raise the country's debt ceiling. shortly after lawmakers reached a down to the wire deal on taxes to pull the country back from the fiscal cliff earlier this week, the president tried to preempt the debt limit showdown by firing a warning shot at republicans. he reiterated that call yesterday. >> one thing i will not compromise over is whether congress should pay the tab for a bill already racked up. the congress refuses to give the united states the ability to pay its bills on time, the results for the global economy could be catastrophic. >> congress has vowed to use the upcoming votes to get more s
of the third rails of washington politics for a long time. so from obama's point of view, it's a great idea to have someone who has gone out there and talked about the necessity of cutting that spending and who's also a republican that can take flak in a different way than a democratic pick could. >> republicans, many of them, have turned on hagel. when he retired, mcconnell called him a great statesman. a clear voice. not hearing that now. here's what senator chris murphy said just this morning. >> republicans are spoiling for a fight. i think they recognize that this guy's coming into his second term with a head of steam. that he's very well regarded on issues of foreign policy. the republicans are used to holding an advantage on that mantle, have lost it to an extent. so they just want to pick a fight. >> so what do you think, perry? you know, at what point does this become very serious? i mean, we're reporting this morning possibly as many as ten democrats who are considering whether to vote for him. >> i think that a number of democrats will be different when the hearing actually start
in washington obviously is over chuck hagel. that's going to be the big news. >> that's a fantastic transition. let me do that now. today president obama is expected to nominate former republican senator chuck hagel of nebraska as the next defense secretary. hagel, a decorated vietnam combat veteran, would be the first enlisted soldier to hold that cabinet post. his confirmation, however, is -- can you believe this -- shaping up to be a testy battle with the republicans. even though he is a republican. a number of republicans have suggested they will challenge their former colleague with tough questions on his foreign policy record. >> his views with regard to israel, for example, and iran and all the other positions that he's taken over the years will be, you know, i think very much a matter of discussion during the confirmation process. >> so you're not predicting smooth sailing for chuck hagel? >> i think it will be a lot of tough questions of senator hagel, but he'll be treated fairly by republican s in the senate. >> quite frankly, chuck hagel is out of the mainstream of thinking i believ
president karzai meets president obama this week in washington, he's reportedly coming to complain. reports say the list of grievances includes accusations that the united states has promoted corruption and violated that country's sovereignty. the meeting comes as nato troops plan to withdraw in 2014. >>brian: how many leave behind -- confuse leads to chaos at a mall in louisiana cops ordered everyone out after 200 teens gathered in the food court for a flash mob. some started fighting. panic broke out as shoppers tried scrambling out of the mall. no one hurt. cops say the number of people will be face of charges. >>gretchen: smog regulators spent $200,000 on a stink detector in california. the system will warn people in the san fernando valley when a strong stench is coming their way from the salt and sea. last year tons of dead fish in algae in salton sea sent a nasty smell over 100 miles in the san fernando valley. people panicked and flooded 911 lines. officials hope to stop that in the future. i'm not sure a stink detector is a good way to smell money. >>brian: you usually smell and sa
president who is traveling to washington. for more on secretary clinton's last days in the obama administration want to bring in and say good morning to former ambassador mark ginsberg and a former white house advisor on the middle east. mark, it's great to see you this morning. let's talk about the state department. i'll show it to everybody. just released a picture of secretary clinton. in her tenure, as we all know, it's wibding down. republicans in congress still want to hear what she has to say, her testimony officially on benghazi. are we likely to hear from secretary clinton on that matter before she steps down? >> thomas, good morning. absolutely. i think the secretary clearly wants to be able to testify. i'm sure she would have wanted to testify before she got ill. after all, she is the -- she took a responsibility for the events. she commissioned a terrific investigation of the incident. when i say terrific, she had a five-star team of investigators who basically made a recommendation that she endorsed whole-heartedly. knowing the department as i do, i'm sure the secret
. there were reports of arrests, but no reports of serious injury or damage. >>> president obama faces a full agenda as he returns from vacation. the president and first lady returned to washington today from hawai'i. among his top concerns nominations for secretary of defense, secretary of state and treasury as well as budget battles over delayed spendion cuts, government funding and the looming debt ceiling. mr. obama's inauguration is january 21st, followed by his annual state of union address congressional leaders are gear up with the debate over the debt ceiling. as elizabeth corridan tells us republicans want any increase tied to spending cuts. >> i believe we need to raise the debt ceiling, but if we don't without a plan we all should be fired. >> reporter: now lawmakers start a new session under pressure to avert another financial crisis. this time, over raising the debt ceiling. if an agreement is not reached by late february or early march the united states risks defaulting on its financial obligations and the altru will be on how much congress will agree to cut spending. >> the b
's not the fractures. i visited in washington, pennsylvania, 30 minutes south of pittsburgh, as part of president obama asked the secretary to appoint seven of us to chart a safe path towards us for shell and visitted a woman who was told by our commission who she had been forced to abandon her family farm because of the noxious emissions from the neighboring wells. her son, in order to continue to go to school was living with a neighbor. she was living out of her car. no one in this country should be forced to trade their health for cheap energy. the good news is that we are beginning to see states, mostly the states, begin to put the rules in place to protect communities and to protect the public health. that is critical to e.d.f.'s involvement in this issue. we are going to frack a lot of shell and other formations. it's just a fact of life. 90% of oil wells are being hydraulically fractured. we've got to get tough rules in place that protect folks. the last thing i would say on this is that there is another issue that in addition to these local impacts is very serious and hasn't been paid much atte
battle, or should i say another battle that's brewing this morning in washington. at the center, former u.s. senator chuck hagel. in four hours, president obama is expected to name hagel as his choice for defense secretary. that nomination could be bruising. hagel is known for being fiercely independent and the loudest outcry could come from hagel's own fellow republicans. they say he's the wrong choice to oversee the military. the combat veteran, who was badly wounded in vietnam, is openly wary of armed conflict. >> the pain, and we didn't have any medics there with us, and we did have some guys, again, that i think were in pretty bad shape. the morphine and everything was used for them. >> you know, if i ever get out of all this, i am going to do everything i can to assure that war is a last resort. that we, a nation, a people, calls upon to settle a dispute. the horror of it, the pain of it, the suffering of it. >> hagel won two purple hearts for his service in vietnam. he also saved the life of his brother, who was fighting alongside him. hagel has also long called for cuts in defense
on the debt. we should never default on the debt and the only players in washington who are are threatening to default on the debt are president barack obama and harry reid. this is an issue and earlier in the show you played the president threatening default. in any given month federal tax revenues are approximately $200 billion a month. interest on the debt is $30 billion to $40 billion a month. there is plenty of revenue to service the debt and any responsible president would have stood at that podium and said under any circumstances whatever happens with the debt ceiling we will always pay our debt. we will never default on the debt and the reason the president isn't doing that s he is trying to scare people. he is trying to raise this specter of a financial apocalypse. >> i want to get into a couple of other issues quickly because we are running short on time despite the time that we have a lot of time on the program. gun control. ten bills introduced in the house of representatives regarding gun control. joe biden leading a study group at the white house. you are a fierce defender of
:35. >>> time is now, 7:17. well, this morning, at 10:00, hour time, president obama will announce he's nominating former republican senator chuck hagel as secretary of defense. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the republican party doesn't even like that. kyle law -- kyla? >> reporter: chuck hagel is not getting support. the republican served in congress from 1968 to 2009. during that time, he was run one of the few republicans who spoke out about how then- president george w. bush was handling the war. that's why some are not supporting him. and then some republicans and democrats don't think he will offer enough support to israel. mitch mcconnell has -- has not said if he sports him as secretary of defense. >> do his views make sense for that particular job? i think he ought to be given a fair hearing like any other nominee and he will be. >> reporter: president obama will be speaking in a few hours. we expect to learn more then about his nomination for secretary of defense. kyla campbell, ktvu channel 2 news. >>> 7:18. new this morning, interviews with a
the process in a shameless attempt to score cheap political points. "the washington post" reported the top ally in the senate may not be fully on board with his approach. his imperious stance, if you will. senator harry reid reportedly warned mr. obama is refusal to negotiate on the debt limit and the sequester could be a strategic blunder. nancy pelosi making it clear that the democratic priorities called for even higher tax hikes. >> i don't think that democrats are saying that we aren't havi spending cuts. we have agreed to over a trillion dollars in cuts in the budget control act. so we all know how we proceed has to be in three parts. revenue and growth to bring money into the treasury in cuts in establishing our priorities in a way that does not harm her future. >> our congressman joins us tonight to discuss the battles over the debt and gun control and immigration and whether the republicans have the guts and will to fight this president on those issues. the unemployment rate remaining flat. washington talking about everything right now but jobs. we have a guest to talk about jobs m
national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> on "washington journal," the focus on president obama's announcement. the former house intelligence committee ranking member will take your questions about the nomination of counter-terrorism adviser john brennan. we will look at the nomination of former nebraska republican senator. we will be joined by retired lieutenant colonel to talk
blitzer in washington with cnn special coverage as president obama prepares to announce two major cabinet nominations. it all happens in about 30 minutes from now in the east room of the white house. we'll bring it to you live, every step of the way. the stakes right now are very, very significant. the president, first of all, will nominate the former senator from nebraska, chuck hagel, to be the next secretary of defense. he will also nominate his homeland security adviser at the white house, john brennan, to become the next cia director. both of these men have certain controversies. they will be grilled during their confirmation hearings in the senate. some republicans, for example, point to comments that senator hagel made back in 2007 that they perceived as being anti-jewish or anti-israel and they also say he's soft on iran and sanctions toward iran. he was criticized following an ambassadorial nominee, quote, aggressively gay back in the '90s during the clinton administration. he has since apologized for those comments. brennan has been criticized for the so-called enhanced interrog
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